Securing the University of Michigan’s standing as one of the premiere business schools in America, the new Stephen M. Ross School building is a world-class facility with an enduring local identity.
Providing a variety of instructional and meeting spaces to support the school’s action-based curriculum, the building also provides a much-needed physical center of gravity for the school’s intellectual and social life, allowing for informal as well as formal interaction between students, faculty, the university and the surrounding community.
Respect for the history of nearby buildings was balanced with the goal of projecting a forward-looking image. The new building meets these challenges with an organization of elements around a central winter garden, which opens directly to the street, providing a new “front door” for the school. Circulation is refined to link both existing and new building components into this new heart. An auditorium, tiered and flat classrooms and group study spaces open directly onto the winter garden, taking advantage of central lounge areas. Faculty offices are organized in neighborhoods overlooking the winter garden from above its skylight. The building culminates at the top with events spaces that take advantage of spectacular views of surrounding buildings and open spaces.
The building achieved LEED Silver certification, and features three green roofs with drip irrigation, underfloor air system, energy efficient lighting, low consumption plumbing and on-site water retention.